Giant Silkworm Moth Caterpillar (Lonomia obliqua)
Listed as the world's most deadliest catterpillar, or "Assassin Caterpillar", this is not a bug to mess with. It's main body color is black, it has about the length of a male human hand. It has yellow feet and red spots on its body. The spikes at the head and tails are several centimers long.
One of our fellow travellers stepped into one and cried. With the help of the identification of Joost Thissen that incident is not as funny as it was back then, the man should have gotten medical treatment.
This one was found at the Amazon village, a lodge near Manaus, Brazil.
''Lonomia obliqua'' is a species of Saturniid moths from South America. It's famous for its larvae form, rather than the adult moth, for several reasons. Recently announced in an episode of the Discovery Channel, known as the “assassin caterpillar,” this caterpillar has a spine-covered back filled with venom, and has been responsible for several deaths, especially in southern Brazil. This caterpillar has also been in numerous medical studies.